General purpose : To introduce the 15 recommendations of the International Ostomy Guideline (IOG) 2020, covering the four key arenas of education, holistic aspects, and pre- and postoperative care; and to summarize key concepts for clinicians to customize for translation into their practice. Target audience : This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. Learning objectives/outcomes : After participating in this educational activity, the participant will:
1. Analyze supporting evidence for the education recommendations in the IOG 2020.
2. Identify a benefit of the International Charter of Ostomate Rights.
3. Distinguish concepts related to pre- and postoperative ostomy-related care.
4. Select a potential barrier to IOG 2020 guideline implementation.
The second edition of the WCET® International Ostomy Guideline (IOG) was launched in December 2020 as an update to the original guideline published in 2014. The purpose of this article is to introduce the 15 recommendations covering four key arenas (education, holistic aspects, and pre- and postoperative care) and summarize key concepts for clinicians to customize for translation into their practice. The article also includes information about the impact of the novel coronavirus 2019 on ostomy care.